"Computer Ate My Vote" Kick-Off Day of Action in 18 U.S. States July 13, 2004
In the largest grassroots response to date to the security risks of touch-screen voting machines, a coalition of prominent national organizations representing a combined membership of over 3 million Americans will hold a day of action across 18 states,in 24 cities, urging elected officials to adopt voting systems that produce fool-proof paper trails by the U.S. November 2004 election.
The campaign will target states that are currently slated to use paperless electronic voting terminals - the same machines that have already lost or changed votes in states across the country. As many as 50 million Americans will use flawed touch-screen voting machines unless action is taken soon to ensure voting security.
Attendees at this nationwide "Computer Ate My Vote" day of action will present petitions favoring VVPBs and ask state election officials to sign a Pledge for Election Integrity. The pledge commits the signatories to use their authority to ensure the integrity of voting in their state by requiring computerized voting machines to produce paper records.
In June 2004 California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley issued standards for an accessible, voter verified paper audit trail.
JULY 13 RALLIES ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
San Diego, CA; Denver, CO; Hartford, CT; Ft. Lauderdale, FL;Fort Myers, FL; New Port Richey, FL; Sarasota, FL;Tallahassee, FL; Tampa, FL; West Palm Beach, FL;Indianapolis, IN; Annapolis, MD; Boston, MA; Trenton, NJ;Santa Fe, NM; Albany, NY; Raleigh, NC; Columbus, OH;Philadelphia, PA; Columbia, SC; Austin, TX;Salt Lake City, UT; Everett, WA; Madison, WI
Specific information on rally timing, locations, and other details is available at http://www.verifiedvoting.org/verifier
The rallies will take place on the same day as a National Academy of Science hearing on voting systems.
Pam Smith, Nationwide Coordinator, VerifiedVoting.org
760 613-0172 (cell)
Will Doherty, Executive Director, VerifiedVoting.org
415 695-0543 (office), 415 425-3936 (cell)
Coalition organizations include VerifiedVoting.org, TrueMajority.org, Democracy For America, Common Cause, Electronic Frontier Foundation, MoveOn.org, Working Assets, National Coalition for Voting Integrity, and Computer Profssionals for Social Responsibility.
Susan Evoy * Managing Director
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
P.O. Box 717 * Palo Alto * CA * 94302 USA
Phone: (650) 322-3778 * (650) 322-4748 (fax)
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